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Chickpeas: The New Trend in Snacking

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Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas

© Iain Bagwell / Couscous with Chicken

Chips and pretzels are so pedestrian. At this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, the New York Daily News reports that new, trendy snacks included healthier options like sheets of seaweed, freeze-dried mango and roasted, seasoned chickpeas. Those wanting to get a jump on the trend can make F&W’s recipe for Crispy Chickpeas at home in just half an hour. Of course, garbanzo beans can be more than just a snack. This Moroccan-style Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas makes a fast and flavorful weeknight meal.

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Moroccan Dishes
Tasty Snack Recipes

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Danny Meyer’s Elevated Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

© John Kernick / Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Danny Meyer is looking to take his restaurant empire to new heights. According to the New York Times, the Shake Shack mogul submitted a bid (along with six other companies) to operate 1 World Trade Center's forthcoming observation deck, which will be the highest of its kind in New York City. At 1,200 above street level, the observatory will offer views that stretch far beyond the city into New Jersey and Westchester, but given Meyer's reputation for superb restaurants, the draw would be for more than just the view if he secures the space. Home cooks can recreate recipes from Meyer’s inspired restaurants, like these quick Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts from Gramercy Tavern. The chicken is basted with butter and topped with a rich sauce made from pureed chicken livers for a hearty mid-week meal.

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Chicken Breast Recipes
New York City Chef Recipes

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Quick Chicken Milanese with Sage Butter Has Good Vibes

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Chicken Milanese

© Fredrika Stjärne / Chicken Milanese

A rep for multi-tasking empire builder Rachael Ray had a funny chat with the New York Post’s gossipy Page Six today. Apparently, Ray did not have her staff burn sage to rid bad vibes from Martha Stewart’s former studio. The ritual in question might work for exorcisms, but Ray doesn't seem to need any supernatural help when it comes to success. We also have an affinity for sage but prefer to use it for cooking dishes like this quick and crisp chicken Milanese served with a rich sage-and-lemon-butter sauce.

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More Sage-Inflected Dishes
Recipes from TV Chefs

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James Beard Nominee Michael Chiarello’s Picnic-Perfect Chicken

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Roast Chicken

© Cedric Angeles / Roast Chicken

The James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala at Lincoln Center this evening marks the finale of festivities that included Friday's media awards (where Food & Wine won for Susan Choi’s profile of “The Spice Wizardry of Lior Lev Sercarz.”) Tonight, the spotlight is turned to chefs and restaurants with regional nominees such as Top Chef winner Paul Qui in the Southwest, F&W contributor Andrew Zimmern in the Great Lakes and, in the Pacific, Michael Chiarello. Nominated for his work at Bottega in Yountville, Chiarello’s Italian-style wine country cooking is equally delicious outside of the restaurant. His Roast Brined Chicken with Raisin and Pine Nut Agrodolce can even be made-ahead and served at room temperature for a casual weeknight dinner party.

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Fantastic Roast Chicken
More Recipes from Michael Chiarello

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Fast Pan-Fried Chicken for Derby Day

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Mint Julep

© Wendell T. Webber / Mint Julep

Along with Cinco de Mayo, tomorrow also marks the 138th Kentucky Derby. The most exciting two minutes in sports is classically celebrated with big hats, big bets and many mint juleps. For quick sustenance, this crispy Kentucky Pan-Fried Chicken can be made in under 30 minutes. The chicken is dredged in a tangy buttermilk mixture and fried in lard for an indulgent crunch.

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Delicious Fried Chicken
Southern Comfort Food

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Make-Ahead Tamales for Cinco de Mayo

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Quick Chicken Tamales

© Tina Rupp

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico's victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May, but Americans have adopted the date as an opportunity to toast the country's vast food culture with icy margaritas. While many authentic Mexican recipes take patience (though we have a Oaxacan chef's shortcut for mole negro), F&W's Grace Parisi came up with an ingenious tamale shortcut. Made with store-bought rotisserie chicken, these super-simple chicken-and-cheese tamales take 45 minutes to make, but can be prepped up to two days ahead for a Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday.

Related: Phil Ward's Tips for Making Perfect Margaritas
America's Best Margarita Bars

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Chicken Quesadillas with Legit Caramelized Onions

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Chicken Quesadillas

© Lucy Schaeffer / Chicken Quesadillas

Have you ever felt betrayed by a recipe? Today on Slate, writer Tom Socca criticizes those who underestimate the time it takes to caramelize onions. “Onions do not caramelize in five or 10 minutes,” Socca writes. “They never have, they never will—yet recipe writers have never stopped pretending that they will.” There's no pretending when it comes to these wonderfully melty chicken quesadillas, which like all of F&W's recipes, are tested and perfected. The directions allot about 30 low-effort minutes to soften the onions, which create a sweet contrast to salty-tangy blue cheese.

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Great Mexican Recipes
Deliciously Cheesy Dishes

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Cheap and Tasty Drumsticks

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Chicken Drumsticks

© Tina Rupp / Chicken Drumsticks

Once shunned by Americans for breasts, chicken legs and thighs are growing in popularity with consumers who, like chefs, love their depth of flavor, juiciness and affordability. But as demand for dark meat grows, so does the price. According to the Huffington Post, wholesale boneless thighs now cost as much as, or occasionally more than breasts. Drumsticks, on the other hand, remain a great budget option. Marinated in spicy yogurt, these skinless Grilled Tandoori-Style Chicken Drumsticks are much tastier than white meat–with only slightly more fat. They’re also much more fun to eat.

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Grilled Chicken
Terrific Chicken Thigh Recipes

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Pass the Talking Peas, Please

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Braised Chicken

© Jonny Valiant / Braised Chicken

A recently-publicized study may distress compassionate plant-eaters. Several months ago, scientists from Israel's Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University published evidence that pea plants in a drought can send warning signals through their roots to other pea plants via shared soil. The alerted plants then prepare for the environmental stress. This information inspired a New York Times Opinionator post this weekend about the ethics of eating intelligent plant life. Unsurprisingly, many commenters are not amused by the premise that we could one day empathize with certain plants like we do animals. Plus, what would even the most cautious diner eat? Until more research suggests otherwise, we'll continue to respect vegetables by preparing them in delicious ways. Lovable peas star in this simple vinegar-braised chicken recipe. Combining leeks, fresh herbs and luxurious crème fraîche, the dish is elegant but fast enough to make for a weeknight dinner.

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Great Spring Recipes
Weeknight Wine Pairings

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Jose Andres’s Pepe Truck Stars at Sweetlife

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Chicken Thighs

© Con Poulos / Chicken Thighs

While the first Austin Food & Wine Festival gets started today in Texas, The Sweetlife Food & Music Festival begins tomorrow in Columbia, Maryland. Billed as a sustainable celebration, the event will host both local and national artists and a “Food Forest” with a few of the best indie restaurants in the northeast making appearances including NYC’s Roberta’s and Momofuku Milk Bar. Representing DC: celebrated chef José Andrés, whose Pepe Truck will peddle Spanish-inspired sandwiches like the Pepito de Iberico with seared Iberico and Serrano ham, roasted green peppers, onions and aioli. For a dinner at home with Andrés’s deeply flavorful Spanish food, opt for his Roast Chicken Thighs with Lentil Stew and a really great playlist.

Related: More Recipes from José Andrés
Delicious Spanish Recipes
Great Food Trucks

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